Philadelphia Prohibits Use of Credit Information in Employment Decisions

On June 7, 2016, Philadelphia Mayor Jim Keeney signed legislation (Bill No. 160072) amending the city’s Fair Practice Ordinance. The bill makes it unlawful, with limited exceptions, for an employer to procure, seek to procure, or use an applicant’s or employee’s credit information in connection with making any decisions relating to an individual’s hire, discharge, tenure, promotion, discipline, or in consideration of any other term or condition of employment.

Credit Information means any written, oral, or other communication of information regarding a person’s: debt; credit worthiness, standing, capacity, score or history; payment history; charged-off debts; bank account balances or other information; or bankruptcies, judgments, liens, or items under collection.

The bill goes into effect on July 7, 2016.

Read Bill No. 160072